Verifies that all references in this signature object have not changed.


   doc xml.DomDocument )
  1. doc defines the XML document.


Returns TRUE if valid, FALSE otherwise.

If the signature type is:

  • Enveloping: then doc must be NULL because all document fragment references are inside the Signature itself
  • Enveloped: then doc must be the XML document where the signature was enveloped
  • Detached: then doc can be null if all references are absolute, otherwise it can be the XML document the fragment references are referencing

See XML Signature concepts for more details.

By default, the validation process uses the CryptoKey set with xml.Signature.setKey() to verify the signature. However, if the signature contains a X509 certificate or a X509 retrieval method, it uses the list of trusted certificates, or if the signature contains a RSA or DSA retrieval method, it uses the RSA or DSA public key automatically loaded.

Note: See Windows® .NET special recommendation.

Before loading the XML document to verify the signature, you might need to set some options to retrieve the "id" nodes with the xml.DomDocument.setFeature() method:

DEFINE doc xml.DomDocument
CALL doc.setFeature(feature, TRUE)

Here feature must be "auto-id-attribute" if the "id" attribute has no namespace, or "auto-id-qualified-attribute", when "id" has a namespace.

This is especially needed when you encounter error messages such as:
Xml security operation failed : libxml2 library function failed : expr=xpointer(id('id-1436767651')).

Meaning that the parser was unable to find the "id" attribute in the XML document.

Note that the "auto-id-*" features will declare all XML attributes where the name is "id", "ID", "Id" or "iD" to be of type ID, and thus be usable via xml.DomDocument.getElementById() method used during signature validation.

If needed, you can also set features for a specific attribute with the xml.DomNode.setIdAttribute() method, or with the xml.DomNode.setIdAttributeNS() method.

In case of error, the method throws an exception and sets the status variable. Depending on the error, a human-readable description of the problem is available in the sqlca.sqlerrm register. See Error handling in GWS calls (status).